No Choice and No Exit for the UK

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The outcome of the simple binary choice given to UK voters in the June 2016 Brexit referendum has proved almost impossible to implement.

  • Robert Skidelsky
  • Project Syndicate

The main obstacle is not the complications of negotiating new treaties, but rather the judgment by those in charge of Britain’s political life that the costs of an emphatic withdrawal are too great.

LONDON – The United Kingdom’s protracted attempt to leave the European Union has upended the two illusions by which the world has lived since the end of the Cold War: national sovereignty and economic integration, the twin end points of history, according to Francis Fukuyama’s celebrated…

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